The Malt Whisky Trail offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an active, exciting and fun-filled getaway.

Take an 8 wheel Argocat off-road across GlenLivet Estate.

Make a splash canoeing down the River Spey.

Get your heart beating with an exhilarating bike ride through our idyllic countryside.

Try out archery, climb challenging rock-faces, grab a rifle and experience clay pigeon shooting… One thing is for sure – you won’t be bored!

You’ll also get the opportunity to stay at some of our amazing local hotels, bed & breakfasts and campsites.

And no trip to Speyside would be complete without eat & drinking from the local larder, produce which is world-famous for it’s high quality and unique taste.

Your 4 Day Easter Itinerary


Day 1 – Exploring Elgin

Arriving in Elgin, check in to West End Guesthouse and ease yourself into your break by stretching your legs with a short walk into the town centre where you can grab some lunch in The Drouthy Cobbler, browse Gordon & MacPhail which houses a whisky room that stocks around 1000 different single malt whiskies, and a quality delicatessen with the finest cheeses from North East Scotland, or wander down the historic High Street which has a beautiful church right in the centre.

Enjoy a walk through Cooper Park, a lovely park with a pond just 5 minutes walk from the High Street. Explore Elgin’s ruined cathedral, with tours allowing access to the highest points of the building, with great views for miles around available.

Take a trip down to Johnstons of Elgin to see the cashmere clothing, accessories and fabric they’ve been producing since 1797, then grab a bite to eat in their cafe before heading over to Glen Moray distillery for a tour and great introduction to the world of whisky.

 


Day 2 – Aberlour, River Spey and Knockando

After the short travel to Craigellachie, you can book in to the Highlander Inn or The Craigellachie Hotel, right in the heart of malt whisky country.

The Craigellachie Bridge – one of the region’s most picturesque attractions – is only a few minutes walk away and definitely worth a wander to from here.

The River Spey (which the Craigellachie Bridge spans across) is not only the source for so much of the region’s whisky, but also a centre for sports and activities, so why not try out a canoe trip to see the region from a completely different perspective?

Then take a meandering drive out to Cardhu distillery to take a tour around the spiritual home of Johnnie Walker and the first distillery (and still only one of two, ever) to be founded by a woman.

A 3 minute drive takes you to Knockando Woolmill where you can enjoy their tours (including a free, self-guided tour) as well as stopping at their Coffee House & Shop.

 


Day 3 – Glenlivet

Driving deeper into the mountainous Cairngorms national park, you’ll arrive at the Glenlivet Hall Caravan & Camping Site.

As part of the Glenlivet Estate, enjoy the miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, cutting through the spectacular scenery and stunning views.

Experience The Glenlivet whisky like you never have before by taking a tour, before tasting some great coffee and snacks in The Old Maltings Coffee Shop at the distillery.

And for those looking for something a bit different, why not try out the Argocat Tours offered by Glenlivet Hill Trek, an amazing opportunity to see Speyside and the Cairngorms from some breathtaking vantage points.

 


Day 4 – Forres and Findhorn

Designed to be ecologically friendly, your chalet in Findhorn serves as a great location to see some of the amazing sea views and wildlife on offer, whilst also being within reaching distance of some great activities.

Why not take an exhilarating trip along the beautiful Moray Coast – a great opportunity to spot dolphins, seals and birdlife.

Grab some lunch at The Bakehouse Cafe in the centre of Findhorn – a Cafe that prides itself in being part of the Slow Food movement, ensuring it only uses products that are of artisan quality and fairly traded.

Travel inland and you’ll find Benromach distillery and Dallas Dhu distillery. In Dallas Dhu you’ll find a mothballed distillery preserved as a tourist attraction – offering unmatched access and information about the distilling process. Then visit Benromach, a re-awakened distillery and discover how they are keeping the history and heritage of the classic Speyside whisky alive.

And to finish off, you can enjoy a great seafood meal from the Kimberley Inn with stunning views across Findhorn Bay.

 


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